Politics, Weird

In 1970 the Scarfolk Crime Commission embarked on the largest study into crime to date. After two years of intense investigation it found a startling correlation between the types of people who commit crime and their early life experiences.

The findings were unequivocal: 100% of criminals had also once been children.

The council immediately put into effect acts intended to reduce, if not entirely eradicate this insidious cause of crime. Thousands of children were rounded up in camps. Toys were burnt in massive pyres. Adults were sterilised. Anyone who had been in regular contact with children, or had ever been a child, was quarantined in vast bunkers specially built several storeys below the council building.

Though Scarfolk was reduced to a ghost town, the scheme proved a success. During the first month that these stringent measures had been implemented not one crime had been committed. Consequently, at the 1972 Conference of Sham Utopias, a local conservative MP predicted that the most successful towns, and even countries, of the future will be those that eradicate all citizens who have any connection to, or dealings with, children or the adults they grow into — via Scarfolk Council


This Art Deco-style home was designed and built by Benjamin Eisenberg in 1947 for him and his family and was featured in a couple books on local architecture. Located in the Mayfield neighbourhood of Baltimore, the 110-square-metre two-bedroom appears largely untouched, boasting curved walls, glass brick windows, and an abundance of period details. Located at 2105 Erdman Avenue, it’s offered at $250,000, with some mid century furniture included as well — via Curbed


This glass-and-steel home in Holladay, Utah, was designed in 1957 by architect Dean Gustavson as a personal residence and went on to receive an Architectural Record award for excellence in house design in 1960. It is now on the market for the second time ever and has been carefully restored and upgraded by the current owners—a preservationist and an architect — via Curbed


Seeking to liven up their town and make a splash in the realm of tourism, the small village of Kampung Pelangi, Indonesia, has undergone a vivid, multicoloured transformation. The brainchild of 54-year-old junior high principal Slamet Widodo and inspired by similar efforts in other Indonesian towns, the entire repainting was done for just 300 million Indonesia Rupiah (about $22,500 USD) — via ArchDaily


Hookie Co’s latest release is a steezy Honda CB250 cafe racer with tight proportions. The young, Dresden-based crew of Nico, Cristoph and David can’t seem to put a foot wrong—and this nifty two-fifty’s got all the right Hookie elements — via Bike EXIF


This cool mid century pad in Dallas was built in 1968 by architect Jim Hutcherson for himself. Carefully updated for contemporary living while preserving period details, the four-bedroom features an exterior of wood and brick and a striking wall that conceals the driveway and garage from the main house. Located on a cul-de-sac at 8204 Coolgreene Drive, the property is offered at $385,000 — via Curbed


An Australian based in Illinois, USA, Craig Rodsmith has been building bikes since the late 1970s. And when it comes to shaping metalwork, his experience shows. The hand-formed aluminium on this turbocharged Moto Guzzi dustbin racer is so exquisite, the bike was sold as soon as it went public at the Handbuilt show — via Bike EXIF


Stephen King on Childhood / Blank on Blank

The things that really scare us are the things that are going on just outside the spotlight that you can’t quite see — Stephen King on 22 October 1989

The author takes us on a journey back to his childhood and the roots for his decades crafting memorable horror fiction — via Youtube


Hail Stan / Gunshow

— via Gunshow


They are too young for a Lambretta or a Vespa, but they might like to be going with the Chad Valley retro electric scooter for kids.

Trading on the classic scooter look of a bygone era, this is a working bike for kids of sorts. By that, we mean it has working headlights and engine sounds, as well as 6V engine, which hits around 3mph in forward or reverse. Oh yes, has an FM radio too.

Designed for age three and up, it sells for £129.99 — via Junior Hipster


Chetstone / Mary Blair Moody

This storybook Victorian Gothic home in Connecticut has quite the pedigree. It was built in 1876 by one Dr Mary Blair Moody, the first woman to practice medicine in New Haven, and was next purchased by Albert Haasis, an executive of the Dixon Ticonderoga pencil company, who named it Chetstone.

Haasis also left other enduring markings on the 400-square-metre five-bedroom, like the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-inspired paintings of rabbits still found in the attic today. Whimsical artwork aside, however, the stately, well-preserved manse boasts an abundance of original architectural details like its brownstone foundation, intricate woodwork on the façade and the interiors, wraparound porch, a tower room, multiple fireplaces, pocket doors, built-ins, and inlaid hardwood floors. Located at 154 East Grand Avenue, it’s offered at $525,000 — via Curbed


Designed by well-known Bay Area architect Robert Designed by well-known Bay Area architect Robert Klemmedson, the 275-square-metre four-bedroom is on the market for the first time ever and boasts virtually all original details. These include the beamed ceilings, teak wood panelling, walls of windows, cork flooring, and time capsule kitchen with Chambers stove.

A huge stone hearth anchors the living room, which features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto a deck (one of several throughout the residence). A dining room by the kitchen, as well as most of the rooms in the split-level house are all illuminated by generous glazing.

Set on nearly half an acre, the time capsule even glimpses the ocean through Torrey pine trees. Although a refresh of the interiors is necessary (to replace those carpeted floors, for one), the property located at 437 Pine Needles Drive is move-in ready. But it’s going to cost you a pretty penny: It’s offered at $2.6 million — via Curbed


Gabriel Rivera Arquitectos have designed a modern home right on the beach in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. The house is organised in an L shape, with one side pointing towards the beach, and the other containing the social areas of the home. The exterior of the home naturally suits the landscape around it by having a material palette of white, wood, and stone. At night the residence lights up from all angles creating an ethereal effect — via CONTEMPORIST


With its 1,200m long structure in Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald’s signature heavy engineering style and, the Nixie Machine II, created in collaboration with Dalibor Farny, a passionate engineer, is hand crafted out of burnished steel and brushed brass. Each of its glowing six digits is displayed via modern Nixie tubes – also known as cold cathode displays – presented as three pairs for hours, minutes and seconds.

It will be available in as a 12 piece limited edition available exclusively from the M.A.D.Galleries in Geneva, Dubai, and Taipei. The retail price is $30,000 — via Professional Watches


The creation of Patrick Godet, this elegant example of master craftsmanship is based on a Black Shadow — but uses the famed Egli-Vincent frame design for added strength. Of course quelling flex alone wasn’t enough, so this version of the Fritz Egli design is also nickel plated — via Bike EXIF


A cheerfully restored original Joseph Eichler has come on the market in San Rafael, California, and it’s poised to tickle the fancy of any mid century modern enthusiast.

A white exterior featuring that trademark Eichler roof and accented by orange details sets the mood for the 150-square-metre four-bedroom. Inside, walls are also white, as are the beamed and vaulted ceilings and the speckled floors. A set of orange and turquoise racer stripes even make an appearance.

Original elements like the Philippine mahogany panelled walls, kitchen cabinetry, globe lights, and Japanese style closet doors add heft to the bright space, and also keep the residence close to its 1958 roots, while walls of glass thrust it open to the sun — via Curbed


Scott T-Bone Jones has carved out a reputation as one of the scene’s top chopper builders. His portfolio is jaw-dropping, and littered with impeccable vintage Pans and Shovels. But race bikes? That’s a whole new bag for T-Bone’s shop, Noise Cycles. Looking at this stunning Harley-Davidson Street XG750 flat track racer though, he’s clearly jumped in feet first — via Bike EXIF


This 1970s Artist Constructor-designed modernist property is one of a group of five houses in the village of Flax Bourton, just outside Bristol. According to the 20th Century Society, this was a speculative development by brothers Bob and Tim Organ, presumably as a showcase for their talents and their aspirations as architects. That’s despite neither brother actually having any formal training as architects.

Each of the houses differs in look, but each one was constructed with meticulous planning, from the choice of plot through to the layout and the interior design of the finished build. Obviously time has changed each one, but the house here is still incredibly striking and at first glance, as contemporary as they come, despite dating back to 1972. The guide price is £950,000 — via WowHaus


A champion of modernism, Bruce McCarty’s own home, which he built for his family in 1959 and has been virtually untouched since then, is now on the market for the first time ever. Considered his personal mid century masterpiece, the time capsule boasts not only a unique T-shaped floor plan, but also clever engineering: The tri-level three-bedroom is built on a 10-foot structural grid in which all the columns and beams are set in a 10-foot module — via Curbed


Orphaned Cougar Cub / Oregon Zoo

A tiny, orphaned cougar cub — with a fuzzy, spotted coat, baby-blue eyes and a surprisingly big voice — has briefly taken up residence behind the scenes at the Oregon Zoo’s veterinary medical centre. The cub, described as loud and rambunctious by zoo vet staff, was rescued this week by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, after a landslide separated the young cougar from its mother — via Youtube


Ahead of what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, home design company Schumacher, in collaboration with the Wright Foundation, has revived a collection of geometric-print textiles that the world-famous architect designed in 1955.

Prompted by House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon, who introduced Wright to Schumacher, the collaboration was originally developed as part of the Taliesin Ensemble, a collection of furnishings for people who did not have the privilege of living in one of his homes. It was officially called Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpaper and included an array of textiles and wallpaper whose designs were hand-drawn by Wright — via Curbed


The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph was designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, and manufactured at Agenhor, his complications specialist workshop. The AgenGraphe caliber AGH-6361 is not just a custom chronograph caliber, but also one that incorporates a plethora of technical innovations, and whose architecture allows the unusual central chronograph configuration of the Visionnaire Chronograph — via Hodinkee


Roland Sands Design’s client is a big BMW fan, with quite a few unique cars and bikes in his collection. Naturally, the guys picked a brand new BMW R nineT as the donor. He was really into the board track direction, says Roland, so we blended that idea with a bit of café racer flavour to come up with something in between — via Bike EXIF

Rights, Technology, World

EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy

Members of the European Parliament will vote today on draft rules that would allow citizens to enjoy legally purchased music and movie streaming subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. It’s hoped that improved access to content will help to dampen frustrations and reduce Internet piracy.

Being a fully-paid up customer of a streaming service such as Spotify or Netflix should be a painless experience, but for citizens of the EU, complexities exist.

Subscribers of Netflix, for example, have access to different libraries, depending on where they’re located. This means that a viewer in the Netherlands could begin watching a movie at home, travel to France for a weekend break, and find on arrival that the content he paid for is not available there.

A similar situation can arise with a UK citizen’s access to BBC’s iPlayer. While he has free access to the service he previously paid for while at home, travel to Spain for a week and access is denied, since the service believes he’s not entitled to view.

While the EU is fiercely protective of its aim to grant free movement to both people and goods, this clearly hasn’t always translated well to the digital domain. There are currently no explicit provisions under EU law which mandate cross-border portability of online content services.

Following a vote today, however, all that may change.

In a few hours time, Members of the European Parliament will vote on whether to introduce new Cross-border portability rules (pdf), that will give citizens the freedom to enjoy their media wherever they are in the EU, without having to resort to piracy — via redwolf.newsvine.com